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The Dangerous Dogs (Northern Ireland) Order 1991

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Disqualification orders

6.  After Article 33 of the Dogs Order there shall be inserted—

Disqualification for keeping a dog

Disqualification orders

33A.(1) Where a person is convicted of an offence under Article 25A or 29(1A) or of an offence under an order under Article 25B the court may, in addition to any other penalty which may be imposed, order that person to be disqualified, for such period as the court thinks fit, for keeping a dog.

(2) Subject to paragraph (3), any person disqualified by virtue of an order under this Article may at any time after the expiration of 12 months from the date of the order apply to the court by which the order was made to remove the disqualification, and on any such application the court may, having regard to the character of the applicant, his conduct subsequent to the order, the nature of the offence of which he was convicted and any other circumstances—

(a)direct that, as from such date as may be specified in the direction, the disqualification be removed; or

(b)refuse the application.

(3) Where the court refuses the application, a further application may not be made until the expiration of 12 months from the date of the refusal.

(4) Any person who keeps a dog in contravention of an order made under this Article shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale..

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